2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Article 43.2 - Surgical Assistants and Surgical Technologists
§ 12-43.2-104. Employers - requirements - references
(1) On and after April 1, 2011, an employer of a registrant shall:
(a) Check the database to verify that the person is registered in the database before the person may perform the duties specified in section 12-43.2-101 (6) or (7); and
(b) Give the director written notice within two weeks after a disciplinary action or investigation that is based on conduct that constitutes a violation of this article. For purposes of this paragraph (b), "disciplinary action" includes termination or resignation of the registrant while under investigation or in lieu of investigation or disciplinary action. The director shall establish a notification form on the department's website.
(2) (a) The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that sections 8-2-110 and 8-2-111, C.R.S., which prohibit the maintenance or use of blacklists, were enacted to protect employees from retribution and harassment in the pursuit of their lawful activities. The general assembly further finds, determines, and declares that these prohibitions against blacklisting have in some instances been abused and have been used as a shield by persons responsible for drug violations or patient endangerment.
(b) In response to a request by an employer, it shall not be unlawful nor a violation of the prohibitions against blacklisting specified in section 8-2-110 or 8-2-111, C.R.S., for an employer, when acting in good faith, to disclose information known about any involvement in drug diversion, drug tampering, patient abuse, violation of drug or alcohol policies, or crimes of violence, as listed in section 18-1.3-406 (2) (a), C.R.S., committed by a registrant who is an employee or former employee of the responding employer.
(c) The provision of employment information pursuant to paragraph (b) of this subsection (2) does not constitute a violation of the prohibition against blacklisting as provided in sections 8-2-110 and 8-2-111, C.R.S., nor does it constitute an unfair labor practice in violation of any provision of article 3 of title 8, C.R.S.
(d) (I) An employer who provides information pursuant to this subsection (2) to a prospective employer of the registrant upon request of the prospective employer or the registrant is immune from civil liability and is not liable in civil damages for the disclosure or any consequences of the disclosure; except that this immunity does not apply when the registrant shows by a preponderance of the evidence both of the following:
(A) The information disclosed by the current or former employer was false; and
(B) The employer providing the information knew or reasonably should have known that the information was false.
(II) This subsection (2) applies to any employee, agent, or other representative of the current or former employer who is authorized to provide and who provides information in accordance with this subsection (2).
(e) An employer or any officer, director, or employee thereof who discloses information under this subsection (2) shall be presumed to be acting in good faith unless it is shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the employer, officer, director, or employee intentionally or recklessly disclosed false information about the employee or former employee.
(f) Nothing in this subsection (2) shall be construed to abrogate or contradict the provisions of part 1 of article 2 of title 8, C.R.S.
(3) An employer who requires a registrant applying for employment to submit to a drug test shall forward to the director any confirmed positive drug test results for a controlled substance that is not subject to a valid prescription.
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